Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

September 18, 2015 Review 28 ★★★★★

Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
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Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Source: Purchased
Pages: 648
Release Date: September 1st 2015
Series: Throne of Glass #4
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series contrinues Celaena's epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

This review is spoiler free!

There is only one thought in my mind right now as I am typing this, and it is: how on earth did you guys review this?! I don’t even know where to start. QUEEN OF SHADOWS was everything I wanted, hoped for-and more. This series still manages to surprise me, to impress me, and to completely devastate me. I absolutely loved every minute of it.

I’ve noticed this series has started to get a different feel to it since Heir of Fire, and this one continues that. Characters are growing up and evolving, they have new priorities and bigger responsibilities. If you were to compare this one to Throne of Glass they would seem like two vastly different books, but I think you have to remember that this is a journey for Celaena, and you can really see that in her character development. She’s maturing *wipes tear from eye*

“What if we go on, only to find more pain and despair? What if we go on, only to find a horrible end waiting for us?”
“Then it is not the end.”

However, I do have some teensy-weensy little issues with some of the other characters. And this would be the only thing in the entire book I had an issue with, but some original players from Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight seemed a little out of character. Still, I kind of put this back with what I said about character development and everything changing.

As for the rest of the characters, the newer players-wow. Although I was already intrigued by them when they were introduced in Heir of Fire this book just added so many layers of depth to them and when some finally meet each other the level of badassery that ensues… Actually this whole book was filled with badassery.


As for the romance…
Okay, I do have to include one vague-ish spoiler but I will put it in a tag *evil laughter* View Spoiler »

 The things revealed in this book… Guys. Game-changing.

If any book deserves to be called an emotional roller coaster, it’s this one. No book can make my heart pound, make me feel all the feels, make me laugh so hard, and then leave me completely stunned like this series does. And isn’t that the sign of a great read? One that can make you feel so deeply and genuinely.

My family saw me reading and asked if this was worth the wait and I’m pretty sure I just looked back at them like some sort of deranged animal. This series has absolutely ruined me in the best way possible. When’s the next Maas book due out?

Rating Report
Overall: 5

28 Responses to “Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas”

  1. Sinead

    I’m so glad you loved it, yay! I totally agree with the characters evolving and changing. Celaena isn’t Celaena anymore, she’s Aelin. And I loved how she accepted her past as part of herself, she showed such immense growth. I especially loved Manon’s chapters, they were my favourite! Now I have to sit here oh-so-impatiently for TOG5!
    Here’s my review:
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    • Alise

      Exactly! It’s a bittersweet transition but one I think needed to happen. YAY ANOTHER MANON FAN. We must band together! Right? Only like a year to go *ugly sob*

  2. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews


    Ok so first of all, we’re review twins since our reviews both went up today *high five* and second, everyone seems to have issues with QoS but I FLIPPING LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT!!! So.Much.Emotion. Such character growth. The world has grown and darkened….THE TWISTS. OMG THE TWISTS O.O This book – like the rest of this freaking series – CONSUMED ME. I was thinking about it every.single.second. I wasn’t reading it: at work. In bed before falling asleep, while watching tv!! The whole nine yards.

    Some of the ships that sank made me sad though, but man the other ships that went up (or were teased at) made me insanely happy. This series has RUINED me too Alise. I don’t think I’ll ever recover! Is it too soon to start counting down for ToG5?! Awesome review ♥♥♥
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    • Alise

      Awww yeeeeah, great minds! More Queen of Shadows love to go around! SAME. This one seems to be a you love it or hate it and I love it. Like the amount of hate I’ve seen for Manon…like dudes, WHY. She’s like my second favorite character.

      ME TOOOOOO. I’ve been waiting for this for so long! But yeah, the other ships :c It might be a bit too early, but it’s NOT too early to start counting down for the next ACOTAR book ;D Thanks :)

    • Alise

      It really is! Even the next ACOTAR book is like mid 2016 I think *sobs forever* Same, I was just like how can I be as vague as possible xD

  3. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity


    I definitely know what you mean about the out of character element, though. It felt a little offhanded when it came to you-know-who *side eye*

    This series will wreck me when it ends. I just know it.
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    • Alise


      It really did, it was a little depressing but still, what an awesome book.

      Oh man, I’m terrified to see how it all wraps up.

  4. Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

    I have no idea how to feel about this book. I really enjoyed it, but the characters were SO SO SO out of character in the first 300 pages of the book. They started acting a bit more normal after that, but whoa it was hard at first. I really enjoyed the newer characters (Aedion, Lysandra, Nesryn, Elide) and Manon greatly improved in this book! I loved when squad assembled, it was probably my favorite part. :D But oh gosh the romance was devastating. Great review!

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books
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    • Alise

      I know what you mean, things definitely felt a little…off. I’m not sure what happened but it was noticeable for sure. I LOVE MANON. And oh my gosh yes, that epic scene of meetings-awesome. Aha, for me I was happy with the romance ;) but it was sad to see how some things happened. Thank you!

  5. Romi

    That first sentence has me worried, Alise, because I haven’t yet written up my review for this and NOW I’M AFRAID. I can already tell it’s going to be incredibly hard to get into words all of the feelings it elicited.
    BUT YAY. So glad you enjoyed it so much (especially since I’ve seen a couple reviews from people who liked it a lot less than the other books). The character development from book 1 to 4 is intense. Celaena-Aelin, that transformation is like two different people, and I’m kinda sad and kinda entranced. Because it’s fitting, I guess, because most of her old life was an act, but doesn’t mean I’ll not miss the fiery lady she used to be, even if she makes up for it.
    And that spoiler-gif. Ace, Alise. I DIDN’T ANTICIPATE what happened. Not at all. But I liked it a lot.
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    • Alise

      Aha, no worries, when in doubt just be super vague like I was xD I’ve also seen that this one has divided the fandom, and I think that is largely in part of the romance. I’ll have to check out some more reviews. I feel you, it’s definitely bittersweet. YAY! I’m really glad because I loved it too :3

  6. Kirsty-Marie Jones

    I’m feeling a lot better about it now it’s been a few weeks, haha. I’m more Team Aelin now, because damn she’s a badass bitch, but I don’t ship her with anyone anymore. Nope. I just couldn’t with the whole () thing though, maybe if it was more gradual and worked its way into #5 I wouldn’t have been opposed to it, it’s just felt a little out of nowhere for me. And I mean, the way Chaol was acting…nope. Oh my God, the Sam part though. I was bawling. So I’m never reading the novella’s.
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    • Alise

      I can see why it would be tough, yeah. As someone who rooted for them since the very beginning I was really happy to see it, but it did arise in a way that made me a little upset for the other character. DUDE. THE NOVELLAS. WILL. RUIN. YOU. (BTW I took the name out of your comment)

    • Alise

      I feel you, I feel you. It was all very… odd. I debated going down to four stars but then I was like welllllll it was still pretty awesome haha. For sure!

    • Alise

      It really is such an amazing series, some people have a little trouble with the first book but it only goes up from there. DEFINITELY not one to miss!

  7. Anissa

    AHHHH! Alise, I have to say that every time a new Sarah J Maas book comes out, I’m always constantly checking your blog for your reviews on them – I love reading them!!! This was such a hard book to review and I can’t believe how much things keep shocking me! I absolutely love this series and the way that it’s going.

    Now excuse me whilst I go to fangirl on your ACOTAR review as well hehe.

    Ps. This is Anna from Cool Girls Read Too, I just made a new blog under my real name! ^_^
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    • Alise

      Aha, thank you! Right? I tried so hard to vague but had to include that one spoiler xD Maas for the win.

      Okay, cool! :D

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